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Maritime Civil Engineer



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  • Case Study »
    • As a Maritime Civil Engineer, my role is to engineer marine structures such as ports, jetties, harbours, marinas and breakwater to facilitate over water transport of products to different destinations, as well as leisure crafts.
    • The engineering activities involves metocean studies, that is the nature and the actions of the waves and currents affecting navigations, sediment transport.
    • Also engineering the dredging and reclamation activities that may be required for a project.
  • Did you know? »
    • Looking back at our history, right to the beginning of the first human settlements, we have chosen to settle closer to water, not just for drinking but for ease of transport.
    • Even today, modes of transport over water are considered the most economically viable and environmentally sustainable option.
    • Today, millions of tonnes of vegetables and fruits, machinery and other products are transported from one continent to another via water each day.
  • Routes »
    • The normal route to become a Civil Engineer is to gain a degree course in the discipline.
    • But developing skills and expertise in a particular aspect of Civil Engineering is a matter of interest and exposure to that aspect of the engineering. For example, I chose maritime while some of my colleagues have chosen geotechnic, drainage, foundations, etc.
    • Maritime Civil Engineering deals with the design and construction of all man made marine structures. A professional Civil Engineer who is involved in such design and construction works will need to have a University degree in Civil Engineering as a minimum qualification.
    • Postgraduate qualifications such as Master or Doctorate can provide more knowledge on a specific aspect of the engineering, but experience and gaining recognition as Chartered and/or Fellowship of the Institution of Civil Engineers gives your client and your employer the confidence of the skills gained.
  • Entry Requirements »

    Generally, to study a degree course in Civil Engineering you may require:

    • A good 2 to 3 A‚Äôlevels, or
    • A good HNC/HND in Civil Engineering (depending on the university)
    • With HNC and/or HND qualifications in Civil Engineering, one can work as Civil Engineering Technician.

  • Skills and Knowledge »
    • knowledge of engineering science and technology
    • maths knowledge
    • knowledge of building and construction
    • design skills and knowledge
    • excellent verbal communication skills
    • knowledge of English language
    • thinking and reasoning skills
    • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
  • 10 reasons why »
    1. Gives you the opportunity to use your imagination and innovative skills to shape the projects.
    2. Your days of work change as the projects change in their purpose, size, location and the parties involved in the projects.
    3. You can see and be part of a project from inception to completion and commissioning.
    4. You can enjoy the reponsibility of being a lead person or a team player in a project.
    5. You can enjoy working in an office environment as well as working on site to see how things are constructed.
    6. You will be supported by a highly experienced team of engineers.
    7. You can be a member of and be supported by one of the most highly acclaimed institutions, ICE.
    8. There are many great rewards offered by ICE and Construction Industry offered to those who can make a difference.
    9. Employers are very supportive of courses you can take to further your knowledge.
    10. As most marine structures have been standing for decades and centuries, it gives you a snse of pride to point out the one that you have been involved in designing.

  • Other roles that may interest you »
    • Civil Engineering is one of the oldest and widest engineering practices one can develop a career in.
    • Membership of the Institution of Civil Engineers gives you the tools, materials and the accreditation to shape your career and get to the position you like to see yourself in.
    • As a Civil Engineer, you can be a Designer, Site Engineer, Reviewer, Project Engineer or even a practice Director.
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One day, you might join us as a Maritime Civil Engineer to mark your name in history by creating a brave, new maritime world for us.